Friday, January 20, 2012
Grandma has passed on and in her passing, she gave us her final and the best gift that a mother could give...she gathered the family of 4 generations for once after almost 2 decades !
This family just like many families have our issues that dated back decades. My mother and her brothers have been not really been able to see eye to eye on many issues. Being young and hot temper, I vividly remembered the arguments and full blown quarrels whenever the family got together. I even remembered quarrels during Chinese New Year reunion. Talk about a dysfunctional family.
Over the years, they have resorted to not talking to each other or even got together for any gatherings or reunion. Needless to say, my generation has lost all contacts with my cousins and my children's generation would probably end up as total strangers.
Days leading to her departure when grandma was growing weaker, there were lots of doubts as to who will be coming back for the funeral. As she grew weaker, we could almost sensed that she was waiting for her sons and grandchildren to go back to see her one last time..and she got her wish (almost but it was good enough for her ...more of that in my next post).
When she went, I was pleasantly surprised and glad that all my uncles (with the exception of one) and almost all grandchildren made it a point to get home to sent her off her final journey.
Believe it or not, I got to see many of my cousins whom I have not met or talk to over the last decade and a couple of whom have grown up with me together when we were all being taken care of by my grandparents. It was amazing sitting down and remembered those days where we were together and how grandma used to punish some of us when we were naughty or sharing how we best remember her.
It was good to see us coming together after all these years and even more so, seeing my Ryan playing and getting close to some of my cousins' children.
I made it a point to make sure that we got our handphone numbers and Facebook accounts and ensuring that I have add them as family members.
The family picture taken above, is THE FIRST family portrait of the Yeong family after more than 2 decades. It was touching to see my cousins liking the pictures of the funeral when the pictures were loaded and commenting on how fondly they remembered their grandmother as well.
She has given us the Final and the BEST GIFT of all ....togetherness as a family that I intend to work towards keeping as much as I could ....
Thank you so much Por Por. We all miss you very much and we will treasure and cherish and protect this gift that you have given to us.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Just received a call from my mum. From her voice, the dreaded news that I fear the most is here. My grandma had just passed on .......
We were actually planning to go home to see her again this weekend ...
I am not sure what is my reaction. Have not fully sunk in yet that she who have been so strong all these years and have weathered through so much is no longer here....I have not cried a tear...Can't understand why....Not sure how to feel. This is exactly how I felt when I remembered my uncle walked into my college years ago and told me that my dad has met with an accident and passed on...No tears. Just knowing that I have to be strong for everyone ...
I just want to go home to see her one last time ....
RIP Poh Poh...I'm coming home to see you ....
My previous post about my grandma (http://babynme2008.blogspot.com/2011/11/oldest-special-woman-in-my-life.html)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
For the last couple of years, we used to book ourselves a count down dinner at Sunway Resort and also to see the firework display. This year, we had initially wanted to check in to KL Hilton since we have the Hilton membership card but had decided to change it the last minute to The Club at the Hyatt Saujana KL (which is just across the road from where we stayed) for a more relaxed holiday and also since they said that they are going to have some firework display at their lake.
With our Saujana membership, we made used of our `stay one night and free one night' voucher and saved ourselves some money. For dinner, we had their count down buffet dinner at their Suria Coffeehouse. As the clock ticked closer to midnight, my brother in-law came to join us with his family to see the fireworks. Ryan was totally excited as this is his favorite uncle, auntie and cousins. We had a fantastic time sitting by the lake with our hotel guests counting down and screaming our heads off as the fireworks went off.
Getting ready for the fireworks to start
As 2011 finally came to an end, we will remember it well with the arrival of Chenya who joined us in July. It has been a good year all round for me, be it from the family perspective or work perspective. With the arrival of Chenya, Ryan has gone day care for the full day and we are still having some challenges with getting him to school every morning. I just hope that it would get better in 2012. We had our biggest scare with Ryan admission into the Damansara Specialist in December with high fever and was diagnosed as Streptococcus bacteria infection of the blood.
What is install for us in 2012? I honestly don't know but I do know that we can make it exciting, memorable and happy as a family together. We are eagerly looking forward ....:)